surgeonfish
noun Date: 1871 any of a family (Acanthuridae) of tropical bony fishes that have a laterally compressed body and typically a movable spine on each side of the body near the base of the tail capable of inflicting a painful wound

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  • surgeonfish — ☆ surgeonfish [sʉr′jənfish΄ ] n. pl. surgeonfish or surgeonfishes (see FISH) any of a family (Acanthuridae) of edible, usually brightly colored, tropical percoid sea fishes with one or more movable, lancelike spines on either side of the base of… …   English World dictionary

  • surgeonfish — /serr jeuhn fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) surgeonfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) surgeonfishes. any tropical, coral reef fish of the family Acanthuridae, with one or more sharp spines near the base of the tail fin.… …   Universalium

  • surgeonfish — /ˈsɜdʒənfɪʃ / (say serjuhnfish) noun (plural surgeonfish or surgeonfishes) any tropical coral reef fish of the family Acanthuridae, with one or more spines near the base of the tail fin. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at… …   Australian English dictionary

  • surgeonfish — noun Any of many brightly coloured fishes, of the family Acanthuridae, that have an erect spine near the tail …   Wiktionary

  • surgeonfish — noun (plural same or surgeonfishes) a tropical marine fish with a scalpel like spine on each side of the tail. [Family Acanthuridae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • surgeonfish —   Kala, manini, api, kakakī; kole (see saying kole); mahaha, na ena e; mā i i i; pāku iku i, palani pualu, puwalu …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • surgeonfish — noun brightly colored coral reef fish with knifelike spines at the tail • Hypernyms: ↑percoid fish, ↑percoid, ↑percoidean • Hyponyms: ↑doctorfish, ↑doctor fish, ↑Acanthurus chirurgus • …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ocean Surgeonfish — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii …   Wikipedia

  • Elongate surgeonfish — Taxobox name = Acanthurus mata image width = regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Acanthuridae genus = Acanthurus species = A. mata binomial = Acanthurus mata binomial authority = Bennett, 1833 …   Wikipedia

  • Sohal surgeonfish — Taxobox name = Sohal surgeonfish image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Acanthuridae subfamilia = Acanthurinae genus = Acanthurus species = A. sohal binomial = Acanthurus… …   Wikipedia

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